Firm celebrates 10 years of sales in the UK with a generously equipped special edition

Smart is commemorating 10 years of UK sales with a special edition Fortwo, the gb-10.

The generously equipped Smart Fortwo gb-10 edition will be limited to just 100 units; the mix of models breaks down as 50 petrol coupés, 30 diesel coupes, 10 petrol cabrios and 10 diesel cabrios.

See the official pics of the Smart Fortwo gb-10

All models are finished in silver and receive silver 15-inch Brabus alloy wheels. The tridion safety cell gets a special red finish. LED daytime running lights are added at the front, while a third LED braking light is also added at the rear.

Inside, gb-10 logos feature on the gearknob and handbrake, as well as on the headrests of the heated Rosso red leather seats. Leather is also used on the inside door panels, while black Alcantara is used for the dashboard and silver trim surrounds the instrument dials. Each model will get its own individual ‘1 of 100’ badging.

Read Autocar's first drive of the new Smart Fortwo Brabus cabriolet

Other standard equipment includes sat-nav, air-con, electric windows and a panoramic roof.

The gb-10 edition is on sale now costing from £10,695. It will be on display for the first time at next month’s Smart Festival. Smart sales first started in the UK in October 2000; more than 75,000 have been sold here since then.

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20 August 2010

The Smart must surely be dead by now? Who buys them? You can get cars like the Toyota IQ which are better and you only look about half as stupid as in the smart.

20 August 2010

Nope, loads of people buy them! I've had 3 fortwo's and 3 roadsters. Smart community is massive and extremely friendly. The brooklands event that ithe article mentions attracts over 1500 cars every year.

20 August 2010

[quote fhp11]the Toyota IQ - you only look about half as stupid as in the Smart.[/quote]That means you look stupid the other half in the iQ.

20 August 2010

[quote fhp11]The Smart must surely be dead by now? Who buys them?[/quote]
Far from it..the Smart ForTwo is more popular than ever and the brand is set to expand over the coming years with a couple of new models plus a new Smart Fortwo.

there is definately a market for these cars,particularly in London where roadspace is at a premium

20 August 2010

[quote Los Angeles][quote fhp11]the Toyota IQ - you only look about half as stupid as in the Smart.[/quote]That means you look stupid the other half in the iQ.[/quote]

Lol!

@ fhp11: One shouldn't just say that the iQ is better than the Smart, especially if you haven't at least been in them; having driven the previous-gen Smart Fortwo and sat (rather uncomfortably) in the iQ, I'm of the opinion that the Smart is better...reasons for that are already found in the forum of the Smart Fortwo Brabus test drive, wherein a few other users also said (quite incorrectly) that the Smart is completely and utterly useless... http://www.autocar.co.uk/forums/t/15275.aspx?PageIndex=1. Several areas, from the Smart's gearbox to the plastic body panels (I have just written a new post about them) were discussed...I suggest you go read it before making such hasty conclusions.

I will repeat it here: no, I don't think the Smart is faultless, but IMO it's the better package overall.

 

- Follow your own star -

20 August 2010

"The Smart must surely be dead by now? Who buys them? You can get cars like the Toyota IQ which are better and you only look about half as stupid as in the smart."

ahahahah! I guess it`s the other way round!

on top of that, only inside the Cygnet...

... but who am I to dare to say it...

20 August 2010

[quote Howey]

Far from it..the Smart ForTwo is more popular than ever and the brand is set to expand over the coming years with a couple of new models plus a new Smart Fortwo.

there is definately a market for these cars,particularly in London where roadspace is at a premium

[/quote]

Interesting timing as I was just reading a study from the US showing that only 8.1% of owners would purchase the car again! That is far lower than teh next lowest rated car in the entire market at 37%.

They sound very popular amongst owners. I bet most of the customers are first time buyers then never again!

I can't understand the appeal, they arent that efficient, bad ride, poor gearbox, they look rediculous, not very practical, seriosuly, what kind of moron rides in one and thinks, yep, this is the car for me!

20 August 2010

[quote fhp11]

Interesting timing as I was just reading a study from the US showing that only 8.1% of owners would purchase the car again! That is far lower than teh next lowest rated car in the entire market at 37%.

They sound very popular amongst owners. I bet most of the customers are first time buyers then never again!

I can't understand the appeal, they arent that efficient, bad ride, poor gearbox, they look rediculous, not very practical, seriosuly, what kind of moron rides in one and thinks, yep, this is the car for me!

[/quote] That would be me then! I've owned 3 roadsters and 3 fortwo, one of the old ones, and 2 of the new ones. No, they are not without their flaws, and I am the first to admit that. Plus, they arent for everyone. You either get them or you don't. Just becuase it only has 2 seats, does not make them impractical. I've had loads of stuff in mine, the front seat folds flat and had 2 large format plotters in there (google designjet) a friend has had a 4 drawer filing cabinet in his as well. The boot is a lot bigger than it first appears.

Besides, not everyone requires more than 2 seats. I rarely have passengers, even though I now have a 4 seater. Think I've used the rear seats in my car about 3 times in the last 6 months.

As for the american study, well that is hardly surprising. Their sales there have plumeted. The US likes autos, and the semi automatic gearbox does not work for them. And they like comfortable cars, and the ride isnt great as pointed out. However, my ex had an Aygo for a couple of years, and the ride on that is no better than a current fortwo, while also being slower, and less comfortable on longer journeys.

as for not being very fuel effcient, my diesel fortwo was brilliant. Not as slow as figures would have you believe, and I regularly got 65mpg in city driving only. I got 85mpg on a long run no problems.

In summary, its a marmite car. You either get it, or you don't.

20 August 2010

[quote fhp11]

I can't understand the appeal, they arent that efficient, bad ride, poor gearbox, they look rediculous, not very practical, seriosuly, what kind of moron rides in one and thinks, yep, this is the car for me!

My Smart CDI does a genuine 75 mpg, and costs nothing to tax. No, it doesn't ride like a limo due to a very short wheelbase, but I didn't expect that when I bought it, and it's a long way from being unacceptable. Its costs £100 a month for three years, then I give it back. £3,600 "depreciation" in 3 years is pretty good vs any car on the market I believe. Try getting that kind of deal on an IQ (think at least 60% more, because unlike you I do actually know what I'm talking about here).

Look ridiculous? Question of taste.

Gearbox - I'm guessing you haven't tried one, or if you have you can't adapt to driving one. So it's your bad driving moron. In "auto" it's slow unless you lift off just prior to the change then it's smooth, and driven manually it's very good. It's not an auto - it's a robotised manual, you don't keep your foot flat when you change in your manual do you?

Not practical - bollocks, it's a two seater with a decent boot - I can get three medium sized dogs in it, I've been skiing with my wife without a ski rack needed for two sets of skis, boots, etc. It costs next to nothing to run, it is excellent in the snow. It can park in spaces that normal cars can't. It's our 2nd car, so all the super practical stuff is handled by an A4 Avant.

[/quote][quote fhp11]

Interesting timing as I was just reading a study from the US showing that only 8.1% of owners would purchase the car again! That is far lower than teh next lowest rated car in the entire market at 37%.

[/quote]

So you expect Americans to like the smallest car on the market? What a stunning piece of analysis "php11". What about Europeans who the car is squarely aimed at? You must really hate it if you waste your life looking for reasons to knock it. Do you work for a competitor/Toyota?

Your sales drop talk is also bollocks, look at the SMMT site, sales are up this year, and from previous years too.

So, you hate it, so don't buy one, but don't write bollocks just because it's not the car for you. Depends what's on the market in a couple of years time, but I'd buy another one.

20 August 2010

3000 when I was there 3 years back.....maybe the fad is over?

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